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  1. I googled “molting great-tailed grackle”, and that is absolutely what the scrawny bird is. I found pics that looked just like my bird including the two or three scrappy tail feathers. So thanks for that! Also, I singled out, cropped closer, and lightly edited the kingbirds that are in the photo of two birds. I doubt it will be much more helpful in identifying, but mostly I want to see if the photos lose much quality once I upload them here because at this point they're better than the ones posted above. Merlin calls all four of these photos Western Kingbirds but calls the single-photo bird above a Cassin's as you folks did. Thanks so much!
  2. These were from August 31 at a stop in Carrizozo, NM. I thought the really bad gas station pics were of a roadrunner at first, but it appears to be about the same height as the pigeon, and I thought a roadrunner would be much taller? The second set are three kingbirds I believe. I know there are different species of kingbirds in the southwest, and I probably wouldn't know which even if the photos were decent. Thank you!
  3. There actually were two juncos here today, and that brown on the back looks right. But yes, the posture threw me ?. Thanks again!
  4. Haha I considered Junco then only saw longish dark bill on a skinny bird with long wings. Ughh, how embarrassing ?. But that's why I stop here so often, thanks so much!
  5. S.WI, today. The woodpecker (I think?) flew over me into the tree, and I didn't have time to change my settings before it disappeared. It looked at least as big as a Hairy, probably bigger, but it just looked unlike the usual woodpeckers here, probably an immature something? That long white bar is definitely throwing me. Included are the original photos and the ones I lightroomed the heck out of. Is the flycatcher an Eastern Phoebe?
  6. S.WI today. This bird was busy catching bugs in our parched field of a yard this afternoon. Help identifying appreciated, thanks!
  7. S. WI, yesterday evening 5:30. I realize it's probably impossible to identify but thought I'd throw it out there anyway. Merlin calls all photos Baybreasted, but maybe it's just alphabetical order since Blackpoll is second ha. Of course there are no legs/feet shots ?. Thanks!
  8. Oklahoma panhandle, Sept. 8. Got a quick couple shots driving past this bird that was atop a utility pole. Any ideas from these bad photos?
  9. I saw three gulls flying quite a distance away yesterday, not real high. I understand they might not be identifiable, but thank you for any guesses.
  10. Saw this bird yesterday in the marsh, late afternoon. At first I thought it was a Lincoln's, but then after I looked at some pics of immatures of both sparrows I'm not sure. Also, please take a look at the last three photos, saw these also yesterday in some woods next to the marsh. Is the first a pigeon (this was near a farm)? And I doubt the last can be identified, but in the last photo of two birds the one on the left is a Cedar Waxwing for size comparison. Goldfinch or House Finch? Thanks so much!
  11. S. WI yesterday, mid afternoon, rainy. The first bird was near some yellow-rumped warblers and eastern bluebirds, I believe about the same size. I don't think it's the Ruffed Grouse that Merlin suggested ?. Could the second bird be a Broad-winged hawk? It was a mile or two up! The third and fourth are the same bird, eastern wood pewee or phoebe ?; I understand if it’s not identifiable. Thank you!
  12. Took these a couple days ago, S. WI. First pic looks like ducks, that's all I can tell. Second two pics have four grayish birds flying that don't look like ducks, but I have no idea.Well, I don't think they're pigeons :/. There is a Trumpeter swan lower left in the one for somewhat of a size reference. Thanks to my FF camera you can't zoom in, sorry. Thank you!
  13. S. WI yesterday. This bird was so high up I’m surprised I even spotted it. All I’m really sure of is it’s not a vulture. I wouldn’t expect positive identification but any guess would be appreciated. Thank you!
  14. These were all seen in or near the marsh over the weekend, late day close to golden hour. The flycatcher was among cattails and marsh brush. The hawk was pretty far away flying high over the marsh. The wren and mystery bird were on the edge of some small woods next to the marsh. I only got two shots of the white bird, and I was REALLY overexposed- but trust me- the bird was mostly white. I darkened the photos as much as I could, but in the last photo (of the white bird) the head of the bird is all but invisible. Is it a hawk? Can you tell which? I got a couple lousy shots of the wren, but when I downloaded them later I realized the wren was replaced by a different bird in the last photo I took, possibly a vireo? I won’t expect too much from those photos especially since the wren doesn't even have a face ?. Any info is helpful- thanks as always!
  15. I brightened up that darker photo and brought out a little more detail if that helps. Otherwise, thank you for identifying the first one ?
  16. Can you tell from the bad photos what these are? Not sure if it's the same bird. Two original photos, two closeups. Thanks!
  17. Is this an indigo bunting? There is an adult male around, but I haven't seen them near each other, and this one is mostly feeding on the ground, not the feeders like he is. And that bluish neck/breast is kind of throwing me. This was today- it's actually still out there on the board, 6pm central. Thank you!
  18. So the bird on the branch in the first two pics is the female cardinal? I wish I could see it. All I can see is the pheasant mallard kestrel bird that I can't get out of my head. Ha. Thank you!
  19. Saw these birds two days ago. The first bird in question (first 3 pics) is sitting on a branch, and about 7 o’clock from it is another bird that looks like it’s flying toward it. That bird is a brown thrasher for size comparison that took off while I was shooting it. I’m not sure if the white that looks like a ring around the bird’s neck is part of a branch or the bird. I’m also not sure if it’s looking backward or that’s just sunlight on leaves or something. The green is probably aberration as that green is other places in the photo as well. The third photo must be the brown thrasher as it doesn’t look like the other bird and is not on the same branch. The two shots were one right after the other so I didn’t really see what was going on. It’s probably a bird I’m familiar with, just a lot of illusion in the photo. The second bird in question I shot through the windshield quite late in the day so I brightened them and added a hair of detail. I thought it was a cowbird, but the bill didn't look quite right. But she could've had her head turned to get that effect I imagine. Thank you for your time!
  20. This bird stopped by yesterday, and I thought it was a mature female at first. Then I noticed yellow scattered throughout the bird and light streaking which I haven’t seen before. I have seen this color in house finches but not purple, and I can’t find much information about it. Is it just an immature (male?) purple finch? Thanks for any information!
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